What is phimosis?
Phimosis is a condition where the foreskin is tight over the glans (head of the penis) and cannot be pulled back or fully retracted. In most cases, the condition is congenital – i.e. it is a disorder existing from birth, but in some instances it can be the result of an infection.
Most male infants are born with a foreskin that cannot be retracted and this tightness commonly continues until after puberty. By the age of 16, however, 90% of boys should be able to pull back their foreskins without any problem.
There are a number of causes of phimosis and they include:
- The foreskin failing to loosen during growth.
- Scarring from an injury to the penis; fibrous tissue built up from injury contracts the tip of the penis and pulls the foreskin inwards.
- Infections; typically balinitis (swelling or inflammation of the foreskin or head of the penis).
- Genitalia disease.
If the swelling of the foreskin or glans leads to restricted blood flow, the head of the penis will turn a dark purple colour. This is a further complication of the condition known as paraphimosis and often requires emergency treatment.
What problems does phimosis cause?
Phimosis is usually a painless condition and many men with a tight, scarred foreskin manage the complaint successfully with little trouble. In advanced or severe cases, however, the following issues may be present:
- problems with urinating; usually wetness follows finishing.
- pain during sexual intercourse: pulling a tight foreskin back over an erect penis causes a good deal of discomfort.
- infections associated with the condition will cause pain through swelling and discharge from the penis may occur.
What treatments are available?
Treatment of phimosis will depend on the patient’s age and severity of the condition. In young boys, the application of a corticosteroid cream will typically help the complaint: the foreskin being carefully retracted as far back as possible before the cream is administered.
If the problem persists long after puberty and further treatment is required, there are a number of routes:
- antibiotic control of the infections.
- continued application of topical creams (steroidal and non-steroidal) to the foreskin.
- gradual stretching of the foreskin to help widen it.
- re-shaping of the foreskin surgically to increase its width.
- surgical circumcision.
The first three treatments are preferred alternatives to circumcision and the possible downsides to the operation which include increased friction on the penis and compromised sexual functions.
Surgical circumcision remains, however, a popular long-term solution to phimosis sufferers who are well past puberty and still show significant symptoms of the condition. This is a particularly effective remedy if the victim suffers repeated incidences of the infection, balinitis.
Are there any preventative courses of action to help avoid phimosis?
As always, the day-to-day care of your penis will play a large part in determining its long term health and, with this in mind, the occurrence of phimosis is no different to any other penis complaint or disease.
Hygiene is a factor in the onset of phimosis; if the foreskin and glans are not kept clean then germs will breed and build up between the two and are likely to trigger the associated phimosis infections. Also note that cleaning this area of the penis with perfumed soaps and other chemical irritants can result in a tightening of the foreskin.
Certain masturbation techniques can also promote the condition. Notably, the action of lying face down on the bed and pushing the penis against the mattress is thought to be a contributing factor. Masturbating phimosis sufferers should simply mimic the up and down action of the foreskin during sexual intercourse to reduce any further inflammation and swelling to the head of the penis.
However, there is hope for those of you who wish to reverse the procedure of circumcision, and it can if you wish to restore your foreskin, you too can feel the increased sensitive that you have been missing out on. To remedy a lack of foreskin, you don’t need a foreskin restoration product, foreskin restoration device, or foreskin restoration surgery, but instead we recommend an exercise known as the ‘foreskin restorer’, which is outlined below.
Phimosis Exercise Steps
|Steps||Instructions (Watch Video Below)|
|1.||Massage your penis to a semi-erection (60-70%).|
|2.||Form a tight grasp, using your thumb and index finger around the base of the penis.|
|3.||Without causing any major discomfort, proceed by pulling back firmly, towards your body, upon any loose skin around your penis.|
|4.||Once you have a firm, yet comfortable grasp hold your position for a total of 10 seconds.|
|5.||Push your thumb and index finger down the shaft of the penis and over the head.|
|6.||Repeat until you finish your routine.|